Greek Musician
Born Nov 14, 1954
Age 61
Hometown Vasílion tis Elládos
Height 5' 11" (180 cm)
Nationality American
Alma Mater BA Psychology, Un...
Other Names Hryssomàllis, Yià...
Ethnicity White

Yanni is a Greek pianist, keyboardist, composer, and music producer who has spent his adult life in the United States. Yanni continues to use the musical shorthand that he developed as a child, blending jazz, classical, soft rock, and world music to create predominantly instrumental works.… Read More

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1954 Birth Yanni was born November 14, 1954 in Kalamata, Greece, the son of a banker and homemaker. … Read More


1972 17 Years Old In November 1972, Yanni moved from Greece to the United States to attend the University of Minnesota beginning in January 1973, majoring in psychology. … Read More


1976 21 Years Old He received a B.A. degree in psychology in 1976. … Read More
1977 22 Years Old In 1977 Yanni joined the Minneapolis-based rock group Chameleon, working with its founder, drummer Charlie Adams. … Read More
1980 25 Years Old In 1980 Yanni recorded his first album Optimystique, which Atlantic Records re-released in 1984 and Private Music re-released in 1989.


1987 32 Years Old Yanni formed a band in 1987 and began to tour in 1988 with an ensemble including pianist/singer John Tesh and drummer Charlie Adams, promoting his early albums Keys to Imagination, Out of Silence, and Chameleon Days. … Read More
1990 35 Years Old Yanni gained visibility as the result of his November 1990 appearances in People magazine and on The Oprah Winfrey Show with actress Linda Evans, with whom he had been in a relationship since 1989. … Read More
1992 37 Years Old Dare to Dream, released in 1992, was Yanni’s first Grammy-nominated album. It included "Aria," a song based on Léo Delibes' The Flower Duet (Lakmé, 1883) and popularized by an award-winning British Airways commercial. A second Grammy-nominated album, In My Time, followed in 1993.
1993 38 Years Old Yanni's breakthrough concert, Live at the Acropolis, was filmed in September 1993 at the 2,000-year-old Herodes Atticus Theater at the Acropolis of Athens, an album and VHS being released in 1994. … Read More


1995 40 Years Old …  In 1995, The Los Angeles Times' Don Heckman wrote that Yanni's music is "based on sweeping romantic melodies underscored with energetic Mediterranean rhythms." … Read More
1997 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1997, Yanni became one of the few Western artists permitted to perform and record at the Taj Mahal in India.
1999 44 Years Old In 1999 Yanni released his compilation project, a five CD box set of called The Private Years which also featured a DVD of his concert film Live at the Acropolis.
2000 45 Years Old In 2000, after the two-year hiatus, Yanni released If I Could Tell You, his first studio album in seven years. … Read More
2003 48 Years Old 1 More Event
The music in Yanni's 2003 album Ethnicity represented many of the world's cultures, Yanni saying it uses ethnicity to reflect the color and beauty of a multicultural society. … Read More


2010 55 Years Old The album Mexicanisimo, released in November of Mexico's bicentennial year 2010, was a tribute to that country through Yanni's collaborative interpretation of its folk music. … Read More
2011 56 Years Old The Truth of Touch album was released in February 2011, Yanni's first studio album of new material since Ethnicity eight years earlier. … Read More
In April 2012, Yanni released the Live at El Morro, Puerto Rico live album CD and DVD which were recorded and filmed at two outdoor concerts on December 16 and 17, 2011 on the grounds of the Castillo (Fort) San Felipe del Morro ("El Morro"), a UNESCO World Heritage Site in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Yanni performed in China in the February 9, 2013, CCTV Spring Festival Gala (annual audience 700 million) with Chinese zither artist Chang Jing in what was the first year that CCTV had invited foreign artists to perform. … Read More
2014 59 Years Old In March 2014, Yanni released his seventeenth studio album, Inspirato, a collaboration with operatic tenor Plácido Domingo and producer Ric Wake that, like Yanni Voices five years earlier, highlighted vocal performances. … Read More
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